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Largesse secured, CM talks utilisation

Ranchi, April 12: Chief minister Arjun Munda has promised full utilisation of budgetary allocations while reacting to the generosity of the Planning Commission, which set aside Rs 15,300 crore for Jharkhand, the amount the state had sought for the 2011-12 fiscal.

“Efficient utilisation of budgetary allocations is a challenge. But I am sure we will be able to do it, since we have two young and highly energetic deputy chief ministers,” Munda said on his arrival in Ranchi today.

In the last fiscal, the state plan outlay was only Rs 8,378.59 crore, of which a mere 60 per cent was utilised. Now the focus is on how the state will utilise the whopping Rs 15, 300 crore effectively with the same set of officials to execute the task as last year.

Till now, the state government had been fixing targets for officials and seeking explanations from those who failed to utilise the allocated money. “It is time to either perform or perish. Regular monitoring of schemes has to be ensured at every level,” Munda said.

Tomorrow, the chief minister will attend work at the main secretariat in Project Building and hold meetings with senior officials to work out future plans.

On Thursday, he will go to Jamshedpur to take stock of different welfare and development schemes in the Kolhan region. Foundation of several new schemes too will be laid.

On Friday, the chief minister is scheduled to meet China’s consul general at his Kanke Road residence in Ranchi. Sources in the chief minister’s secretariat said China had expressed interest in setting up industrial units in Jharkhand. Last week, Indonesia’s ambassador too had visited the state to explore business opportunities.

Speaking about his tour of Germany, the chief minister described it as “fruitful”. Several potential investors had expressed willingness to explore new opportunities in Jharkhand. “They agreed that Jharkhand could do wonders in the fields of non-coal sources of energy, especially, solar, hydel, wind and bio-mass. Many among them are likely come here very soon to see things for themselves. Some of them are also interested in improving efficiency of existing thermal power plants,” he said.

Replying to another question, Munda said his government was committed to rehabilitating persons displaced by the ongoing anti-encroachment drive.

But, in the same vein he added that the government could do little to stop the demolition drive since it was being carried out on the orders of the high court.

“Those who are trying to draw political mileage out of it are actually playing with the sentiments of affected families,” he said.

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